Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan

PUBLIC NOTICE

The City of San Rafael is updating the current Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan which was approved in 2011. The BPMP is aimed towards making San Rafael an excellent place to walk and bicycle, reducing overall carbon emissions, and increasing the number of residents who walk and bike. The updated 2018 BPMP aims to gather public input to help identify and guide investments in pedestrian and bicycle facilities over the next 5 to 10 years.

Consistent with the provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Guidelines, this project is subject to environmental review and an Initial Study/Negative Declaration has been prepared.  The Initial Study/Negative Declaration and BPMP is posted below.  A 20-day public review period is being observed for review and comment on the Initial Study/Negative Declaration and BPMP, commencing on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 and closing on Tuesday, May 29, 2018All written comments on the Initial Study and BPMP must be submitted to the City by May 29, 2018.

 

MEETING DATES/TIME/LOCATION: 

COMMUNITY MEETING: Tuesday May 22, 2018, 6:00 p.m.

Transportation Authority of Marin

900 Fifth Ave Ste. 100, San Rafael, CA 94901

PUBLIC HEARING: Monday, June 18, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

City of San Rafael Council Chambers

1400 Fifth Ave, San Rafael, CA 94901

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Contact Lauren Davini, Traffic Engineer at (415) 485-3361 or lauren.davini@cityofsanrafael.org. You can also come to the Public Works Department offices at 111 Morphew Street, San Rafael to review the plans and documents for the project. The office is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

 

WHAT WILL HAPPEN: 

You can comment on the Initial Study and the BPMP 2018 Update. The City Council will consider all public testimony and decide whether to adopt the Initial Study/Negative Declaration and BPMP 2018 Update at the public hearing.  If you cannot attend, you can send a letter to the San Rafael City Clerk, City of San Rafael, 1400 5th Avenue, San Rafael, CA 94901. You can also hand deliver it prior to the meeting.

Background

The Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan is aimed toward making San Rafael an excellent place to walk and bicycle, reducing overall carbon emissions, and increasing the number of residents who walk and bike. We have made progress toward a bold new transportation vision centered around an interconnected network of proposed bicycle and pedestrian routes suitable for travelers of all ages and abilities.  

We have entered into an agreement with Alta Planning & Design for assistance with updating the 2011 Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan. The ultimate effectiveness of the planning process will depend on public engagement and outreach.  It is essential that the process incorporate the needs of pedestrians, bicyclists, motor vehicle drivers, the business community, neighborhood groups, etc. To this end, resources have been devoted to community engagement activities that are intended to establish and nurture support for the plan update and ensure that the plan reflects community aspirations.

Also critical to the plan update process is a deep dive into existing and potential safety hazards that are discouraging bicycle and pedestrian trips. Alta’s analysis will focus on safety as the primary concern of San Rafael residents and workers.

Finally, Alta will produce a graphically-appealing final plan that provide a clear framework to guide our bicycle and pedestrian investments over the next 5-10 years. This approach will help position us to successfully leverage funding from multiple sources, including county and state/federal-level grant programs.

Additional Resources:
Nov. 21, 2016 - Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan Update Assistance
Jan. 21, 2014 - 2011 Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan Progress Report
Jan. 21, 2014 - Presentation on Bicycle/Pedestrian Master Plan
2011 Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan Update

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